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OPP suspends all holiday leaves in wake of global pandemic

'The OPP’s focus remains on our people and our communities. Public safety is of paramount importance,' says OPP official
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The OPP is ensuring they are prepared for whatever the pandemic might bring in the days ahead.

OPP Staff Sgt. Carolle Dionne, manager of media relations for the provincial force, said as of now, all holidays for OPP personnel have been nixed.

"To ensure we are operationally prepared to respond to the operational demands associated to COVID-19, vacation leave for OPP members has been suspended," Dionne said, noting requests in exceptional circumstances will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

"It is critical that the OPP maintains staffing levels that prioritize both officer and public safety and supports the OPP’s ability to maintain police operations province-wide, particularly during this time," Dionne said.

"The OPP’s focus remains on our people and our communities. Public safety is of paramount importance," noted Dionne. "Having the necessary resources in place ensures we can maintain the health and wellness of our members while keeping safe those in the communities we serve."

Enforcement could become a bigger issue, officials say, noting some young people don't seem to be getting the message about physical distancing, especially.

Of the nine new cases reported by the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit on Thursday, five of them were in their 20s or 30s. Four of those were community-acquired, with one cause still under investigation.




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